From School Library Journal
Grade 4–7—Yorsh is the last of his kind, an elf child in a world that despises elves. He seeks warmth, food, and shelter but has found only cold, rain, and despair. When he meets two unlikely companionships-humans who help him in spite of their prejudices-Yorsh learns of a prophecy concerning the last dragon and the last elf: when these two break the circle there will be a new beginning. Yorsh is young and nearly helpless, and the two humans, Sajra and Monser, are first taken aback but soon charmed by his naïveté. The trio experience a host of comical misunderstandings that offset the dangerous situations they encounter in the Dark Mountains. Almost by chance, Yorsh stumbles across the dragon, but he finds that fulfilling the prophecy is steeped in complications. The second half of the book, set 13 years later, deals with these challenges. Readers will miss Sajra and Monser just as Yorsh does and will likely guess the identity of the human orphan girl before it is revealed and champion her role in the struggle. The solution to the prophecy is wrenching, but young fantasy fans will appreciate the many humorous touches and get caught up in this tale of strength and sacrifice.—Sarah Couri, New York Public Library
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Yorsh, a little elf "born lately," is alone in a wet, cold world beset by intolerance (especially toward elves) when he encounters a gruff, human woman, whose sympathy is aroused by the forlorn Yorsh's lot. Together they set out in search of a dry land and meet a hunter who joins forces with them. They enter the human city of Daligar and are imprisoned because Yorsh is a hated elf. As they escape to avoid being hanged, Yorsh reads his destiny engraved on a wall: "When the last dragon and the last elf" come together, they will save the world. And so begins his quest for the last dragon. His adventures are juxtaposed with those of an orphaned human girl, whose fate is also represented in the prophecy. At times hilarious, at times poignant, and always entertaining, the story will grip young fantasy fans. Sally EstesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved